Oldbury-on-Severn


Oldbury-on-Severn

Oldbury-on-Severn is a small village near the mouth of the River Severn in South Gloucestershire. It is home to the nearby Oldbury nuclear power station, a Magnox power station which opened in 1967 and is due to cease operation in 2011.

The area has been considered for nuclear 'new build' totalling some 3000MWe of capacity - either two or three PWRs. This would be more than the river flow could provide cooling for and so natural-draught cooling towers with a possible height of 200m have been postulated as necessary (- the existing station is 54m high).

Village attractions include a footpath near the river, two pubs known as the Anchor Inn and The Ship Inn plus the village hall and two churches. It is also the home of Thornbury Sailing Club.

The parish church is dedicated to St Arilda,[1] a local saint and martyr whose origins may lie in the fourth or fifth century.[2] The church is on a small hill (35m asl at ST609919) and is an excellent viewpoint, and, for river travellers, waymark.

References

  1. ^ David Verey, Gloucestershire: the Vale and the Forest of Dean, The Buildings of England edited by Nikolaus Pevsner, 2nd ed. (1976) ISBN 0-14-071041-8, p.314
  2. ^ St Arilda of Oldbury on Severn by Jane Bradshaw

External links

Coordinates: 51°38′N 2°34′W / 51.633°N 2.567°W / 51.633; -2.567



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